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Speaker Profile - Judy Goldman

Translator and Writer

Region: Mexico
Age Levels: 5-10
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Judy Goldman is a bilingual author born in Mexico City, where she has always lived. Among her books in Spanish, published in Mexico, are Los huesos sagrados, Ed. SM, selected for the government reading program in 2006; ¿Te cuento?, Ed. Norma; El brebaje de Pánfilo and Amol iz gevén/Érase una vez, Ed. Porrúa and ¡Vamos a comer... flores! and ¡Vamos a comer...bichos!, with photos taken by her son, Ilán Rabchinskey, and also chosen for the government reading program. In the US she has published stories in Spider and Highlights as well as the picture book Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead, Boyds Mills Press; Whiskers, Tails and Wings-Animal Folktales from Mexico, illustrations by Fabricio vanden Broeck, Charlesbridge; and Kopeck for Blintzes, illusrtaions by Susan Batori, Kar-Ben, and part of the PJ Library Foundation program. Other books written by her are Sapo y Yuku, a Yaqui folktale, illustrated by Arno Aviles; Muyal, a Maya folktale, illustrated by Monica Padilla; Baak, a Maya folktale, illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck; El intercambio, a Maya folktale, illustrated by Arno Aviles, and ¡Que delicia!, a Kiliwa folktale, illustrated by Ricardo Peláez. The five belong to the Petate collection, published by Progreso Editores of Mexico, and Sapo y Yuku and Muyal are also in the government reading program. Released in 2011 was De astutos, tragones y mordelones, with three Mexican folktales and illustrated by Juan Gedovius, published by Editorial Norma; and, in 2012, Un grito en la oscuridad y otros cuentos de terror, illustrated by Rubí Juárez and published by Ediciones Yo sí leo; Cuentos antiguos para niños modernos, three tales based on ancient stories but with a twist, illustrated by Irma Bastida, Editorial Norma; and Dos leyendas aztecas-Los huesos sagrados y El nuevo sol, two Aztec legends about the creation of humans and the new sun, illustrated by Ángel Campos, Ediciones SM. Released in 2013 are Whiskers, Tails and Wings-Animal Folktales from Mexico, illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck, Charlesbridge, which received a starred review from Kirkus, an Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society, and was listed in the New York Public Library's 100 Best Books to Read and Share list. Also, released in 2013, are Los dos soles, an Aztec folktale, illustrated by Rosario Valderrama, Editorial Panamericana (Colombia), ¡Wuaaaaaaa!, a board book illustrated by Evelyn Alarcón, Editorial 3 Abejas, and En la oscuridad, illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck, Editorial Norma, ¡Vamos a comer... flores! and ¡Vamos a comer...bichos!, Ediciones SM, El bailarín del sol y otros cuentos mayas, Ediciones Castillo, illustrated by Israel Barrón, and Quiero una mascota, Pearson, illustrated by Enrique Torralba. Kopecks for Blintzes, Kar-Ben, picked up for the PJ Library Foundation program. Newer titles are Las almas de la fiesta y otros cuentos de Día de Muertos, Ediciones Castillo, illustrated by Israel Barrón; La vuelta a México en cinco leyendas (con uno que otro fantasma), Ediciones Castillo, illustrations by Israel Barrón; Los colores de Dani, illustrations by Cecila Varela, Fundación Un kilo de ayuda; Cuentos mayas, illustrations by Ángel Campos, Edelvives México; De patas, plumas y pelos, illustrations by Juan Gedovius, Ediciones Norma; ¡Al rescate!, illustrations by Irma Bastida, FOEM; The LIttle Box, illustrations by Cecilia Varela, Reycraft.

Presentation Description:
I'm a bilingual writer living and working in Mexico, where I was born. I can speak in either English or Spanish about the books I have published in these languages.